UPDATE: If you are reading this, be sure to review the subsequent blog post.

Hello there esteemed DIYD members.


I've been very quiet lately. But I have not been idle. 


Based on the topic title, you might think this belongs in "Simulation," but my target audience is here, in the APM/ArduPlane forum. I'm looking for folks who fly real life planes, so this post is a little misleading.


I wasn't satisfied with using a full scale plane, or even using the RC model shipped with X-plane to predict, simulate, and train for my missions. So I set out to create a reproduction of one of my Bixler-based ArduPlanes in X-Plane 9.70. As you may be aware, there are certain challenges and limitations to doing this, but I made a reasonable degree of headway in overcoming them. 


After nearly 80 hours of experimentation, three generations of planes, and uncounted revisions, I have it working realistic (enough) for an alpha release. My intent, in a future release, is to adapt this model to increasingly perform with the same PID settings as the real thing; in this version, I focused more on getting the dimensions, wings, forces, and power of the plane to match the original as much as possible. 


iMovie is a dangerous thing; I only intended to patch together a few clips quickly, and instead found the Movie trailer templates. One can create and share something so quickly that your better judgement can be circumvented ... this is a little bit of over-the-top fun, so I hope you will not take the "theme" too seriously.


Here is a slightly longer, but older clip, from a second generation of the plane:

My intent is to release the model for general use, but it is not yet ready for that. It has not yet achieved enough of the goals I have for it. So to begin with, I had in mind perhaps a progressive release, starting with providing the model to anyone who is interested - and is willing to help by providing some data on your own (real) Bixler/EasyStar flights, or to anyone who wants to help tune it up better. This could be followed by a push to rework the model to more closely simulate real life, then making it available to the entire community.


I would be happy to send you a copy of the plane, as it exists today, along with some recommended X-plane settings, and the current PID/config settings, but I would like to "exchange" it for a few of your own files.... I am looking for your data from a Bixler/EasyStar ArduPlane 2.2x flight:

  • a Mission Planner flight log
  • a mission file used during the flight
  • settings files (PIDs) for the Bixler and/or EasyStar ArduPlane flights
  • a brief description of the winds and your observations of the flight

I appreciate any help you might be willing to offer, including feedback on simulated flight performance, how it differs (when flying in manual, in stabilize, or in auto) from your real-life Bixler/EasyStar, any PID tuning you might do so that we might work towards a general release. 





PS. A few notes on the specs - Well, I say "reproduction," but it is actually a 1.7 scale (3x in terms of mass) version, which uses a virtual (and painstakingly) replicated APC 10x7E prop in place of the most-often recommended APC 6x4E to achieve proportional lift/thrust ratios. Reynolds numbers are scale-true (but might be reduced to more closely match the 1:1 scale version.) The wings are a very reasonable approximation, for my first X-plane model, considering everything was done within Plane-Maker, and I did not do much customization of the actual airfoil yet.

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Здорово! Ну и как русский - это сложный язык? =)


Фото сейчас нет - я в командировке(business trip) далеко от дома. Когда приеду - могу сделать. И все размеры померяю. AXN Floater очень похож на Bixler, только размах крыльев 120см.

129cm? и на бихлер 140, но крыло не тождественно? меньший угол - в двигателе на крыльях?  как ЦТ?

это конечно и сложный и мощный и красивый язык и все забыл

Да, 129 см размах. Фюзеляж в длину вроде 86см. ЦТ ровно по карбоновой планке в крыле. Угол мотора какой должен быть я не знаю, я пока свой не переставил - он не хотел летать вообще.

so maybe "floater" is not such a good name?

Mine is loaded with heavy stuff so it can float but floats like a brick =)

not to be dumb... but where do I send my Bixler flight files?     email?  what address?    I'm happy to do an "exchange", as per your terms.   :-)

email me at my username at gmail dot com. :-)



Thank you. I have sent the docs and plane to you e-mail. I look forward to your reaction/expereince so that we may improve this utility for others.





E-mail is the distribution method so far, please feel free to send data, feedback, or request the docs & model to: mike@arcaven.com Thank you!

Hello Mike,

I am also interested in this project very much. As of now I've simulated the Easystar with Aerofly Deluxe but the simulation is not that precise. The simulation-engine is obviously not that good. Looking forward to do sime testflights and provide feedback and data. Please send me anything that is needed to the email provided in my acccount.

Thank you very much!

Best regards


Can you please send me the files so I can try it?


I'd be happy to send you the files, please send me an email to mike@arcaven.com. Any email address will work. 


I'd be happy to send you the files, please send me an email to mike@arcaven.com. Any email address will work. We don't make the email addresses used for your account visible to anyone.


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